Nigerian Edtech Startup, Ulesson Raises $3.1 Million in Seed Funding

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Nigerian startup, uLesson has raised $3.1 million seed funding championed by TLcom Capital

uLesson- a platform that fuses the inputs of mobile platforms, SD cards, culture-specific curriculum, and tutors to fill the educational vacuum for secondary school students in Nigeria and Africa.

Speaking with TechCrunch, the founder said; “If you drill down to it all, all our problems in Africa are tied to this problem of education…If we do this right, our impact will be huge. For me, this is probably the most important work I’ll do.”

The new tech initiative is currently in the development phase. By the time it will open for business in February 2020, it will be operational in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Gambia.

The founder, Sim Shagaya who was also the founder of Nigerian e-commerce startup Konga, said “We’re targeting Anglophone West Africa…for a market of effectively 300 million people”

He went on to say that “We have this massive gap…We’re adding more babies in this country nominally than all of Western Europe…Even if the [Nigerian] government was super efficient, it couldn’t catch up with the educational needs of the young people that are coming up,”

In an attempt to bridge this gap, uLesson looks into offering a prepaid/pay-as-you-go app-based mobile education kit for students. The product pack that will be connectable to Android devices will come with a dongle, SD card, and a set of headphones.

According to the founder, uLesson’s curriculum will include practice tests and personalized lessons on math, physics, chemistry, and biology. Shagaya went on to explain that the product already has 3000 animated videos for core subjects.

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